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The HWS Update

Throughout the pandemic, HWS Housekeeping has worked around the clock to provide a clean and safe learning environment. As part of the Colleges’ reopening plan, staff integrated new and enhanced cleaning protocols into their work such as restocking and maintaining 300 hand sanitation and disinfectant stations throughout campus. They have also utilized new cleaning devices,

In order to protect the health and well-being of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ student-athletes and the larger campus and Geneva communities from the effects of COVID-19, HWS, along with the Liberty League, has canceled winter sports competition and championships. Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics and Recreation Deb Steward made the announcement on

With social distancing protocols in place for in-person classes, Hobart and William Smith faculty and students are teaching and learning in unusual spaces, from Scandling Campus Center to Bristol Gym. But “when it comes down to it,” says Associate Professor of Geoscience Nick Metz, who is teaching in the Barn, class meetings in these new

With the election fast approaching, Associate Professor of Theatre Heather May has co-created a series of online videos featuring a cast of puppets meant to help people understand the ins and outs of voting. Just Co Vote — the name is a play on COVID — is designed to disseminate information about the voting process

An article by Dr. Steven Phillips ’62 argues that the coronavirus pandemic means that the United States is at war and that COVID-19 is “possibly the most lethal [enemy] we have ever faced.” A former cardiac surgeon, Phillips served in a leadership role at the National Institutes of Health, heading up a division whose activities

Hobart and William Smith and the Geneva community innovated rapidly in response to the global pandemic, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies Craig Talmage explains in an article he co-authored with 11 HWS students, faculty and staff. Their interdisciplinary scholarship was published in the International Journal of Community Well-Being and describes acts of resiliency and creativity

Despite the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, for Kelsey Williams ’21, it has opened a door to a rewarding internship experience. The physics major, who has a minor in chemistry, participated in the Biomedical Engineering Virtual Summer Internship sponsored by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University along with 500 participants across the country. “As part

As researchers around the world race to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Elana Stennett and Jenna Hyman ’23 have joined the effort by conducting research on the viscosity of saliva. Through a collaboration with faculty and students at the University of Rochester and St. John Fisher College, their research has been

As a message of hope and solidarity in trying times, a group of Hobart and William Smith Colleges alums from the 1990s and early 2000s came together virtually to share a musical message with the greater HWS community. The idea to reconnect came from Amanda Myers Lombardo ’95 and was also organized by Eleanor Hamlin ’97.

In mid-March, Daniel Thorson ’09 embarked on a 75-day silent meditation at a remote cabin in Lowell, Vt. During his silence, the world was changing rapidly. Thorson emerged from isolation on May 23, only to discover — through Twitter — that the global pandemic had radically changed politics, the internet and social norms. In a